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The answer to that question heavily depends on a multitude of factors. How much you can afford to invest in a microphone, the type of audio you'll be recording, and the noise level of your environment will all lead you to different answers. We've written a Complete Guide on how to assess these factors.
This is a question we get often. People immediately assume because of the overall look & price of condenser microphones, and their common use in professional settings would mean they're better, but contrary to that belief, like many other things, it really depends. For example, I wouldn't typically recommend a condenser microphone for singing on stage, and in many circumstances, I like to use the Shure SM7B Cardioid Dynamic Microphone in the studio. What is "better" is always a case by case basis.
Condenser microphones are well-known for their extremely low self-noise. However, this advantage will most often apply to well-built mics, particularly as you get into the $250+ range, but significantly more in the $500+ range. A cheap condenser microphone may generate more noise than a high end Dynamic microphone. On top of that, it's important to remember, Condenser microphones are extremely sensitive, and does not have the same cardioid response pattern that blocks sound pickup like some dynamic microphones. You can read more about this in our article, What Is A Condenser Microphone?.
It seems everyone wants to know, XLR vs. USB microphones. We recently did a deep comparison, and the answer we came up with was, it depends. It depends on what's most important for you. While both microphones are engineered the same, the XLR microphones have a little boost in quality, while the USB microphones drop off a bit on the analog conversion. But is that little quality boost worth buying a preamp and possibly an audio interface, or would you rather sit your microphone on your desk, and plug it right into your computer? You can read more about it in our article: Understanding The Differeence Between XLR Microphones and USB Microphones.

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